Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

Scott J. Frank is a Partner in the Tampa office of Butler. While Scott handles many cases from inception through the completion of trial, Scott’s practice is centered on Civil Trial Litigation, specifically in state and federal courts.  This includes cases that are referred to Butler during the course of litigation, specifically in order to be brought to trial.

Scott is a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial attorney.  Board Certification is the highest level of evaluation provided by The Florida Bar regarding an attorney’s competence and experience within a specific area of law, and that attorney’s professionalism and ethics in the practice of law.  Less than 1.3% of the approximately 84,000 active lawyers in The Florida Bar have the designation of being a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial attorney.

During the more than 20 years that Scott has been with Butler, he has spent time focusing on cases in the areas of property coverage, subrogation (recovery and defense), and personal injury liability.  However, his Litigation and trial practice includes cases involving First-Party Coverage, Third-Party Coverage, Product Liability Losses, Personal Injury Liability, Construction Litigation, Subrogation (recovery and defense), Bad Faith Litigation, Arson/Fraud Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Fair Debt Collection Practices Defense and Chinese Drywall Litigation.  Scott also works in our class action department.

Scott earned his law degree from the University of Miami in 1988. He worked diligently gaining six years of experience before ultimately joining Butler in 1994. Scott’s work takes him throughout the state of Florida, as well as having litigated cases in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean.


  • Florida


  • Board certified in Civil Trial Practice, 2012


  • Florida Atlantic University
    Bachelor of Business Administration
  • University of Miami
    Doctor of Jurisprudence


  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA)
  • The Florida Bar


  • Florida Federal Courts
  • Florida State Courts

Sun-Tzu is a well-recognized and oft-quoted Chinese general, military strategist and philosopher. He is also credited as the author of The Art of War.1 While the title clearly identifies that book as having much to do with actual war, Sun-Tzu’s philosophy translates to many different fields of application. One such field of application is the preparation for and litigation involved with a jury trial. Most specifically applicable is the Sun-Tzu quote that “every battle is won or lost before it’s ever fought.” Before your jury trial even begins, the actions that most impact the results obtained are the preparation of the jury instructions, the preparation of the pretrial stipulation, the preparation of motions in limine, and the intricacies involved in the jury selection process.

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March 19, 2003 PUBLICATION"Advice of Counsel" – Defense or Defeat

The involvement of legal counsel to provide advice concerning the settlement of property and liability claims has become increasingly commonplace. This is primarily due to the general proliferation of litigation and specifically "bad-faith" claims. As the involvement of legal counsel becomes more prevalent, so does the "defense" of "advice of counsel." This commentary will address this so-called "defense" in the context of "bad-faith" cases.

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September 04, 2014 SPOTLIGHTScott Frank | El Camino de Santiago de Compostela

The trip was to Spain for the purpose of completing a pilgrimage called El Camino de Santiago de Compostela, which translated means The Way of St. James. It refers to St. James the Greater, one of the apostles of Jesus. There are 10 different routes of the Camino, with the most popular being the Camino Frances or the French Way. This Camino starts in St. Jean Pied de Port, just over the French side of the France-Spain border...

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June 20, 2016 COMMUNITYTampa Recipient of Butler "Step-Up" Award Selected

Suha Zeineladbin receives Step-Up award in Tampa.

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June 13, 2016 COMMUNITYChicago Recipient of Butler "Step-Up" Award Selected

Aide Briseno receives Step-Up award in Chicago.

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June 06, 2016 COMMUNITYMiami Recipient of Butler "Step-Up" Award Selected

Rebecca Gomez awarded Step-Up award in Miami.

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May 31, 2016 COMMUNITYTallahassee Recipient of Butler "Step-Up" Award Selected

Ruth Castro selected as Tallahassee "Step-Up" award winner.

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May 25, 2016 COMMUNITYPhiladelphia Recipient of Butler "Step-Up" Award Selected

Penn Treaty High School senior receives Step-Up Award.

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May 16, 2016 COMMUNITYCharlotte Recipient of Butler "Step-Up" Award Selected

West Charlotte High School senior receives Step-Up Award.

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May 06, 2016 COMMUNITYButler's First "Step-Up" Award Furthers Commitment to Service

The Firm's Community Service Committee enacts new award recognizing deserving high school seniors.

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March 16, 2017 EVENTCritical Analysis of Examinations of B. Li

Scott Frank from Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig presented at the DRI’s 2017 Trial Tactics Seminar on the topic of "Critical Analysis of Examinations of B. Li" on March 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

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October 28, 2010 EVENTChinese Drywall Litigation Conference

Chinese Drywall Litigation Conference

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June 23, 2010 EVENTChinese Drywall Seminar

Chinese Drywall Seminar

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November 13, 2017 NEWSScott Frank's article - Florida Defense Lawyer Association's Trial Advocate Quarterly

Partner Scott Frank’s article from the Florida Defense Lawyer Association’s Trial Advocate Quarterly, “Guideline to Voir Dire Issues and Challenges for Cause,” is being included in the course materials for judges attending the 2017 DUI Lab in Sarasota, Florida.

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September 12, 2016 NEWSScott Frank Achieves Board Certification in Civil Trial Law

Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP is pleased to announce that Partner Scott Frank has achieved a Board Certification in Civil Trial Law. The National Board of Trial Advocacy reports that only 3 percent of American lawyers are board certified, making this achievement one of the highest honors an attorney can obtain. 

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June 20, 2016 NEWSTampa Recipient of Butler "Step-Up" Award Selected

The Tampa winner of the Butler Step-Up award has been selected. David Maldoff presented the award to Suha Zeineladbin at the Hillsborough Education Foundation's 2016 "Take Stock in Children" Scholar Celebration. She received the award for her commitment to scholarly success and community service. She will be attending the University of South Florida in the fall.

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